This week on Mad Men there was plenty of drama, but, more importantly, we got to spend a little time in never seen (or rarely seen) homes and offices. You had better believe I am always excited to see new corners of the Mad Men world! Here are a few of my favorites from the episode “A Night to Remember”:
While Peggy’s sister Anita is a royal pain in the ass, I kind of love her.
In the scene captured above, she just got done calling her husband a “malingerer.” The fact that this show uses words like “malingerer” makes me deliriously happy — almost as happy as that clear plastic upholstery protector on Anita’s couch.
Harry Crane’s office has one important addition now that he’s head of television:
A wicked awesome TV set! Yeah, old Harry can just kick back and watch his stories now, just like an important businessman. Unrelatedly, does anyone have a clue about that red pod-shaped thing on his desk? Pencil holder? Ashtray? Art?
We spent a hilarious scene in Peggy’s office, where she awesomely pretended to be her own secretary (a trick I may have been known to employ myself, though if pressed I will admit nothing):
One thing we can learn from observing this phone call is that it is not advised to fuck with Peggy. She WILL hang up that phone in a less-than-gentle manner. Also, one is not obliged to smile on the phone (though, on the other hand, we do hear later on that some men believe in combing their hair before a phone call, so who can say). Peggy may not have Don’s beautiful furniture or Mr. Cooper’s Rothko, but check out the Spam poster behind her, eh?
And OMFG, we get to hang out in Joan’s living room! I know! Let’s call it the Pink Palace:
Joan RULES that place. She’s not bothering with any domesticity, and is in fact waiting for her fiancé to bring home some Chinese take out (some of which will inevitably wind up as leftovers in that glorious deco refrigerator). Dude, Joan is not even setting the table, you feel me? She’s got whiskey to drink and scripts to read. I am in the process of making Joan my TV mentor.
We also get a glimpse inside the spartan quarters of Father McStrange, who is apparently a passionate, if secret, musician:
He comes home at the end of a long day of spreading godslove and promoting the church dance and just has to relieve stress via vigorous strumming. Because, you know, the thing for which that is a metaphor would be A SIN. Oh yeah, I said it.
And although we’ve seen the Draper’s dining room on plenty of occasions (and it almost never ends well), I had to throw in this shot for a couple of reasons. First, I love Betty’s polka-dot dress, don’t you?
Second, I absolutely CANNOT RESIST quoting Betty’s “Around the World” dinner menu. Here’s what she served: from Spain, gazpacho; from Japan, Rumaki; from Duchess County, a leg of lamb with mint jelly; egg noodles after the style of her German grandmother; and, to drink, a choice of Burgundy from France or a frosty glass of beer from Holland. Yeesh! No wonder she felt lousy the next day!